Compliance to ensure safety of residents

KUCHING: There must be compliance to ensure the safety of a proper day-care centre, said Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

“Every day-care centre or nursing home have to comply in terms of the size of area, floor space and the ratio of residents to caregivers.

“It is the same as Taskas and Tadikas; there must be a compliance to how many children can be admitted in according to the floor space and teacher-student ratio,” she pointed out in a press conference after visiting Silverhair Paradise at Taman Stutong Indah here yesterday.

Fatimah said that her ministry does encourage and support the idea of establishing private day-care centres or the ones by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“There is no neglect nor abuse and proper care given. That part needs to be adhered to.

“What my ministry will do is to help facilitate them if any day-care centres have a problem with one of the technical agencies.”

Among the complying agencies are Land and Survey Department (LSD), the local authorities, Health Department (JKM), Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) and the Social Welfare Department.

“Such compliance is not to make life difficult, but to ensure that the safety and well-being of the people will be assured.”

There are 44 registered private and NGO day-care centres under the Social Welfare Department. Twelve of which are Senior Citizen Care Centres and the rest are People with Disabilities (PWD) and childcare centres.

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